PhD Program in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education

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Curriculum, Instruction, & Teacher Education Ph. D.
Application Checklist

To apply to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education PhD program, you must submit the following in a PDF format if possible:


1. MSU Application for Graduate Study and fee ($50.00 US)

Submit online

2. Current Curriculum Vitae Email to
3. Statement of Professional Goals
(different and separate from item #22 in the online Application for Graduate Study)
Email to
4. Writing Sample Email to
5. Letters of Reference: Three (3) completed reference forms PDF
(each of which must have a separate letter of recommendation attached)
Email to
6. Official (sealed in a university envelope) transcripts: One transcript from all degree granting institutions. We will obtain all MSU transcripts if you have previously attended MSU. International students must also include certified copies of degree certificates in english conversion of all transcript materials. Send to CITE Office
7. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
(MSU code is 1465. A department code is not needed)
Send to CITE Office
The official Application for Graduate Study, fee, and Goals Statement must be received by the CITE Admissions Office for your application to be officially "activated" in our department. Application files will not be reviewed until all required materials are received.


Where To Send Materials (CITE Office Address)

CITE Doctoral Program Office
Attn: Doctoral Program Secretary
Department of Teacher Education
Michigan State University
301F Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 432-7705
Fax: (517) 432-5092

Application materials (except for official transcripts) may be faxed or sent electronically to our offices. Original copies of reference letters sent electronically or faxed should also be sent by mail.


Application deadlines

While applications are considered throughout the year, students wishing to be considered for university and college multiyear fellowships must have their application and all other materials submitted no later than December 1.

More Application Information

For more detailed information about the application process and application materials, please visit our comprehensive Application Process page.